As the shake-up in the rankings, largely the result of the severe economic downturn that hit the semiconductor industry in 2001, occurs worldwide chip sales in February totalled A$20 billion, the same as January's sales.
The recovery in the IC business is somewhat mixed, according to research company IC Insights.
Intel has produced memory chips containing 330 million transistors through manufacturing technology that will hit the mainstream in 2003.
IBM has announced that is has created what it believes is the fastest semiconductor circuit, operating at speeds of more than 110GHz and processing an electrical signal in 4.3 trillionths of a second.
Philips semiconductor division has debuted an advanced mixed-signal audio codec chip for LCD-based handheld applications, such as PDAs, 3G mobile phones and other mobile devices.
In spite of current economic conditions, the market for semiconductor development platforms is forecast to continue positive growth according to Cahners In-Stat/MDR, the high-tech market research firm.
Intel Australia has issued a warning to Australian consumers to be wary of laptops containing processors designed for desktop computers.
Backplane has released Digital-Logic's embedded smartModule with a 300 MHz Geode GX1 processor, the SMGXPC.
Worldwide sales of semiconductors in the fourth quarter 2001 were unchanged from the third quarter at $60 billion, ending three quarters of double digit declines.
Inphi Corporation has announced that it has demonstrated demultiplexers running at a data rate of greater than 80 gigabits per second (Gbps).
Chemists at the University of California, San Diego have discovered that silicon wafers can be easily made into tiny explosives that could be used to chemically analyse samples in the field or serve as power sources for tiny electronic sensors the size of a speck of dust.
Using light beams in place of metal wires, engineers at Johns Hopkins University, US, have devised a cost-effective method to speed up the way microchips talk to each other.
Intel have just announced seven new mobile processors built on Intel's industry leading 0.13-micron fabrication process.
Linear Technology Corporation has announced the LT1715, a dual comparator. With 150 MHz toggle frequency and 4 ns propagation delay, the device meets or exceeds the performance requirements of a wide range of high-speed applications.
With a general chip drought, and higher than expected demand, chip prices are rising in the PC processor sector, leading to hopes of a recovery.